Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sowa Town consumers survives on ‘dirt’

A number of businesses are selling expired goods to unsuspecting customers in Sowa Town posing to them health hazards. The revelation was made by the Mayor of Sowa Town George Maphane during a Sowa Town Full Council meeting last week. He said during their routine inspections they identified retailers who were selling expired goods and they were fined for doing that.

“This is a concern on non-adherence to public health requirements by business operators in the township. Consumers and members of the general public are cautioned to be vigilant when purchasing food commodities and report any suspicions to Council and to the police for investigations. May I also urge all relevant law enforcement officers enforcement officers to apply the law to the latter to safe guard the health of the community,” he said.

On Banking Services in Sua Town, Maphane said as a follow up on a resolution made by the town council, he said that their administration has been facilitating these with different banks. He said banks have affirmed it will not be economically viable to open banking facilities taking into consideration Sowa Town population and types of operational businesses in the area.

Touching on waste management he said council is still challenged in certain areas of waste management. He said they have raised such  in previous sittings. He further said defaulting of payments by service receivers and in particular non council institutional housing occupants is the main concern. He however said efforts have been made to remind them through Public Address System and Bulk SMS but these has not borne fruits.

“Another area of concern is the mismanagement of leaf waste or garden waste in the township. We continue to experience indiscriminate disposal of these waste on open spaces, backyards and road reserves,” Maphane added.

He said some occupants have resorted to creating waste heaps in their yards all of which are threats to public health and safety, He said the Public Health Department is working on a reform to address these challenges. On a positive note he commended Sowa Town to have participated in the 2018 National Clean Up Campaign that was held in Mahalapye in September 2018. He said Sowa Town scooped position 1 in the cleanest town category at 69 percent followed by Selibe Phikwe in second position at 54 percent.

Updating the councilors on implementation of open space guidelines he said as part of implementation the lease agreement for letting out open spaces has been approved by the Chief Management Committee on the 6th of November 2018. He said Finance Works and General Purpose of 29 November 2018 approved fees. He said the advertisement will be  during the month of January 2019.
“Lets encourage the youth to apply for these open spaces so as to start business and improve their lives” he added

He further said the tender for the refurbishment of poverty eradication caravan have neen awarded. The contractor is expected to have mobilized to site by the 12 December 2018 and added that they expect that to be completed by the end of January 2019.

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